I am blogging from Kalamazoo, MI where I am visiting my daughter. Before I left home, I grabbed a
hundred few pictures of my kitchen bookshelves so I could get this post up while away.
Fall has been gorgeous outside with brilliant shades of red, orange and yellow, and I am in awe of the creator's paintbrush. Indoors, however, I prefer a more subtle palette. I decided to keep my aqua colors I have been using for now. They will get changed out soon for Christmas though.
I went through my small supply of fall decor and culled most of it, leaving very little and not much of a budget for buying new things. Good thing I like a light touch when it comes to decorating for fall! I did make some things like my drop cloth pumpkin I shared here.
The weather has been cloudy and dreary for days on end so I didn't get a good shot of the whole left bookcase, and I am away from home posting this, so I cheated and pasted these three pictures together below so you can kind of see the whole thing.
You got a sneak peek of this shelf here when I posted about the sweet gifts my blogging friend gave me. This old chalkboard is beat up and stained, but I love the authenticity of it!
I chose pumpkin shaped objects to tie in the theme. I am not sure, but I think this fluted tin column is a cookie form. It has caps on both ends. I found two of them at a thrift store, and loved their columnar shape. The aqua mercury glass candle holder is perfectly pumpkin shaped!
Just a touch of the theme here with tiny gourds and a mini-pumpkin from the Dollar Store that I painted silver and white. The patina on the silver coffee pot is so perfect. Even the rope trim on it echo's the ribs of a pumpkin a bit.
The next shelf I left very neutral, letting the tarnished silver play off the whites of the dishes, tray and shelf. Here, the matching creamer and sugar team up with a new piece that was a gift from my secret pal at church. Why is it I never see something out of place or off center until I see pictures of it? Those off-center bowls are driving me crazy now, but I never notice it in real life!
In her note, she said it was a vintage warmer. I am in serious love with it. It may not be exactly pumpkin shaped, but it has the those amazing curves and is kind of fat and squatty like a pumpkin. I set it on a plate ringed with oak leaves and acorns, and set that on an inverted, fluted tart pan. I've got a whole lot of fluting going on. (That should be a word!)
The inside is lined in white enamel. My secret pal knows my addiction. She had it filled with chocolate! Most of it is gone now (ahem!). To my credit, she gave it to me several weeks ago, and my boys have snuck a few themselves, so I didn't scarf them down all at once, nor all by myself :)
The bottom shelf is also done in neutrals. You can see a peek of my red toile curtain that covers a multitude of sins on the lower shelves. I need to change that out yet, but wanted to get these pictures taken before I left town.
These little french pots I bought in a set of four at TJ Maxx a few weeks ago. This one holds my sweet sachet from Debbie at Lakehouse and an egg from one of my chickens.
The right bookshelf is a little more colorful with more of my aqua things.
I forgot to move the little indoor/outdoor temperature gauge my hubby likes to keep on this shelf. It messes up my symmetry. Oh well, keeping it real!
Finally the bottom shelf holds more white pumpkins with two little ones from the Dollar Store and a chalk painted larger one. The aqua bowls were from Big Lots, and match the serving bowl on the top shelf. I can't remember the maker, and I'm not at home to look, but I want to find the matching plates and more pieces. The white platter and tray were from thrift stores. I painted the tray with an old world finish here.
I'll have more later, when I get back home. Have a blessed week my friends!